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Friday, May 1, 2020
Old School MOTU: He-Man (Comic-Con Exclusive) from Masters of the Universe by Mattel
Height: 6 inches
Articulation: H-hinged hips, spring loaded swivel waist, swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel wrists, and a swivel head.
Accessories: Power Sword, shield, harness, and battle ax.
Year of Release: 2002
Original Retail Price: No idea! Do you know?
Production Number: 150/1000
* It's quite rare for me to keep anything in the package unless it's collector friendly packaging, but this guy is staying put. For one, he's fairly uncommon,and for the age of this figure now I'd hate to ruin it. For another reason, it's autographed by all four of the original Four Horsemen: Jim Preziosi, Eric Treadaway, H. Eric (Cornboy) Mayse, and Chris Dahlberg. I have an Evil Lyn statction autographed by a couple of them but this is the first piece in my collection with all of their signatures.
* The 200x line hit stores in the US in 2002 and Mattel worked to hype the line with adult collectors by offering up some exclusives that ended up being quite a pain to get. This He-Man figure was released as a SDCC 2002 exclusive and it has a gold "Comic-Con Exclusive 1 of 1000" burst underneath the MOTU logo (which is, as the package states, an "awesome sticker."
* I love this version of He-Man. The standard version has been one of my favorites ever since I got him but this guy is even cooler. He's a deluxe version of the standard release. From what I can tell there isn't any unique sculpting here but the paint applications and weapon designs are different. Well, except for the ax. I love this version of He-Man's battle ax and while it's the exact same accessory as the standard release the paint details do seem to be a bit sharper on it. It's kind of hidden behind the figure, however, so it's tough to be 100% sure.
* One of the coolest things about this figure is the dark wash that highlights the characters muscles and armor details better. It's a really cool looking figure since those details just make the figure pop even more! I've always loved the "Hyper Anime Detail" of the 200x line and this guy really shows it off well.
* The accessory that stands out the most is this vac metal shield. It looks pretty sweet, doesn't it? The regular shield is gray plastic with red but this one also has the green studs on the shield painted. It's a really slick piece and, if I had a loose version of this figure, I'd be inclined to display He-Man with this shield and the sword from Castle Grayskull, which was also vac metalized.
* He-Man's Power Sword is also different than the standard release. It has more green highlights on it, like the other accessories, but this time the blade is gold as well. It's a cool little difference.
He-Man/ Prince Adam is one of my favorite characters and I've reviewed so many toys based on him that he has his own review archive. Check out Fabulous Secret Powers for more He-Man toys!
For more reviews from the 200x Masters of the Universe series check out the following:
Heroes Vs. Villains Gift Pack #1